Whenever I see parent/child holiday-themed crafts, my heart melts. For years, I’d see friends share their own on Facebook, or stumble across them on Pinterest, and yearn for the day that I could re-create them with my own child(ren). And while I’m admittedly not the craftiest beaver in the dam, my feelings of inadequacy with a glue gun aren’t enough to quell my ambitions about attempting crafts with Maeve. I never want my own insecurities or inabilities to be projected onto her, no matter how young or unable to understand yet she may be.
So, for her first Halloween, which is her first major holiday (and one of mama’s favorites), I chose a craft befitting of 3 month old. All she had to do was lay down. And all I needed were a few simple supplies, and the help of my mother, Maeve’s beloved Gigi.
Behold, Maeve’s first art project: Frankenfoot, Toe Bats, and a Bum-kin! So cute, right?!
- For Frankenfoot: Paint your baby’s toes black, and the rest of his/her foot green. Press it against the canvas, and remove. Once dry, add bolts, eyes and a mouth. Voila!
- For Toe Bats: Paint your baby’s feet purple, press them against the canvas, and remove. Once dry, add wings, ears, eyes and fang-ey smiles. Voila!
- For the Bum-kin: Paint your baby’s tushie orange, (try not to die from the cuteness of her orange bottom), and press it against the canvas. once dry, add a stem. Voila!
This was the perfect introductory holiday craft to give me some much-needed confidence in creating art with my child, and to make some adorable mementoes (see what I did there?) of this tender, fleeting season in her life.
And hopefully, these memories will make a small imprint on her wee soul, planting a seed that allows Maeve to feel confident exploring her own ability to create art with a sense of fun and adventure, for years to come.
And, I hope she’ll love Halloween as much as I do. Looks like we’re already off to a great start 🙂
Now I can’t wait for Thanksgiving craft time!